Ten months ago, we decided to try something new. Recognizing the difficulties of enrolling full time in our intensive engineering program without a steady source of income, we piloted Thinkful’s Living Stipend—a new way to fund a tech education. Thinkful’s Living Stipend provides students with a $1,500 monthly stipend to cover living expenses like rent and groceries. This allows our students to focus on what matters most - breaking into the tech industry.

The initial pilot in Salt Lake City had a tremendous response—for the two slots we offered we received over 200 applications. The reaction led to an expansion of the trial in Atlanta and Portland, where it was also enthusiastically received.

We are excited to announce that Thinkful's Living Stipend program is expanding around the country, allowing even more students to take advantage of the program.

Eligible Living Stipend Cities

Students in the following cities are now eligible for Thinkful’s Living Stipend.

Don’t see your city listed yet? It’s coming soon—we promise!

Every Day 1 Life Changed

Since our founding 7 years ago, Thinkful’s mission has been to provide the best return on education. But that still has too many caveats.

Nearly 60% of Americans have less than $1k in savings—meaning most Americans cannot afford the costs of changing careers. That’s why we launched ISAs in 2017, allowing students to pay zero tuition upfront.

Studies show that increased travel times impact access and outcomes. Recognizing that not everyone is fortunate to live close to a great brick and mortar institution, Thinkful’s programs—which combine online 1-on-1 learning with a mentor and local communities—have expanded educational access to students in 23 cities.

In 2018, we set out to change at least one life every day. By the end of the year, 413 Thinkful graduates launched high growth careers across web development, data science, and product design. And according to industry watchdog CIRR, our hired rate is the best.

Thinkful’s Living Stipend Explained

The Thinkful Living Stipend is available to students based in the aforementioned cities who enroll in our Engineering Immersion program. Students receive $1500 monthly living stipends—to cover expenses like rent, groceries, and transportation - throughout the five month duration of the program.

Like Thinkful’s ISAs, our Living Stipend requires no up-front tuition payment. Instead, students finance their education by paying a percentage (15%)  of their post graduation over four years. The payment period begins as soon as graduates start earning $40,000 or more and is capped at $40,000.

Applications for Thinkful’s Engineering Immersion course with Living Stipend are now open!

Every Day 10 Lives Changed

We’re expanding Thinkful’s Living Stipend to cities around the country that represent the future of tech. They are great places to live, have growing tech communities, and have more available tech jobs than available tech talent.


It’s just the beginning. In addition to expanding Thinkful’s Living Stipend around the country, we have many more communities to grow and tens of thousands of jobs left to fill. It’s time to get to work. #EveryDay10LivesChanged

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